McGeorge School of Law

Zaitsu Wins GLS II Honors As Final Four Top Advocate

April 5, 2010

The 2010 Final Four

The 2010 Final Four: From left, Brandon Esraelian, Corrie Erickson, Etan Zaitsu and Cailin Urie with Judge Connie Callahan, Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Vance Raye

Etan Zaitsu was named Top Oral Advocate on April 1, 2010, at the Final Four competition that caps off the Global Lawyering Skills II course.

The annual moot court intramural event was held at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in Sacramento. Shirley Abrahamson, the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, presided over the program. She was joined on the bench by Judge Connie Callahan, '75, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Vance Raye, the presiding judge of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Zaitsu and his partner, Corrie Erickson, represented the plaintiff-appellants against second-year classmates Brandon Esraelian and Caitlin Urie on the defendant-appellee side. Each of the four shares the Diana P. Scott Prize for outstanding moot court achievement in the program's preliminary rounds.

Dillon Keifer, Leo Moniz, Brooke Vanderlinde and Zaitsu also were honored with Best brief awards. Amir Al-Kourainy, Kim Bowman Jr., Diane Coderniz and Matthew Fleming were cited for their top eight finishes in the oral competition.